Sunday, April 3, 2011

Science Sunday-Playing With Fire

Science Sunday

Okay, so no, we didnt really play with fire lol. But we did learn about fire. This experiment was from our BJU Kindergarten book. The point was to learn what causes a fire to go out.

Waiting to start-check out Mini Cooper's cheesin' it :).

The first part of the experiment was to learn that fire needs fuel to burn. The book suggested we watch a candle burn out-um yeah okay, even a small candle would not hold our attention. So, I took matters into my own hands and used a paper towel. It wouldnt burn!! It would burn for a few seconds and then burn out. Epic fail! I am quite sure the kids didnt understand this part of the experiment.

So on to part two. We (er um I) lit a candle.

Then, we took away its air by placing a jar over the candle-do you see their excitement? Uh huh.

We watched until the candle went out-it didnt take long at all.

For last experiment, we took away the candle's heat and poured water on it.

Then I found out why they had been sitting so quietly. They thought my ideas were all well and good, but they wanted to BLOW OUT the candle! So, we took turns blowing the candle out.

Even Mini tried, but wouldnt get close enough to the candle so we helped her.

All in all, I would the experiment was a success. Not sure exactly what they took away from it, but I thought it provided a good intro into the properties of fire.

To see what other did in their science class check out Science Sunday from Adventures in Mommydom.


Phyllis said...

What a sweet and simple experiment! They are so adorable!

Ticia said...

I love it! Mine probably would have eagerly been waiting for the exact same thing!

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog and commenting. Your children's faces are so sweet as they are waiting to get to the point in this experiment...and of course, the point is to blow out the candle! Kids often seem to teach US what the real purpose of any experiment/lesson is :)

Kathleen said...

What fun experiments! Isn't it funny how much kids love to blow out a candle! I have lit and re-lit a candle many a time so all 4 have a turn blowing it out! :)

I love your header photo!

Sarah said...

I think all kids love blowing out the candle. We did an experiment a couple weeks ago that including me lighting a match. My kids were so interested in that part that I had a hard time getting them to pay attention to anything else. Then they kept asking me to light another one.

Melanie said...

What a great experiment!! I love it! How do you like BJU for kindergarten? Next year will be my first year homeschooling my daughter so I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to use.